“Post-millennial generations are going to be incredibly visually oriented,” Dr. John Chuchiak said. “If we don’t captivate their interest with this type of a digital humanities project, the humanities are going to fade away into being insignificant in the public’s mindset.”
That’s why Chuchiak, professor of history and director of the Honors College, and Missouri State alumnus Justin Duncan are creating the Digital Auto-de-Fé, a 3-D simulated recreation of the 1601 Public General Auto-de-Fé of the Mexican Inquisition.
The project uses video game technology for a greater purpose: cultivating cultural competence in middle school, high school and college students in the modern age.
The work of Dr. Eric Nelson will be featured in the 2017 issue of Mind’s Eye, the university’s research publication.
Here is an excerpt:
History and memory, according to Nelson, are two very different ways of remembering the past. While the history of these battles illuminates the divide between Catholics and Protestants, the memory of what happened has the ability to reconcile differences between the two sides.
The Pew Research Center estimates that 10,000 Americans reach retirement age every day. But when these individuals retire, what legacy is left? At Missouri State University, the Wall of Fame honors former faculty and staff who have made a significant impact on the campus community and brought about meaningful change.
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